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Jamaica Faces Estimated $2 Billion Road Repairs Bill

The preliminary estimate of the damage to Jamaica’s roads following the recent heavy rains has escalated to almost $2 billion. Prime Minister Andrew Holness unveiled the price tag late Tuesday afternoon during an address to the House of Representatives. Mr. Holness said the figure covers road clearance, drain cleaning, creating access and patching, but does not include the cost of […]

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Tourism Projects Still On Tract Despite Covid-19

According to Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, 90 percent of previously planned projects are still on target, despite the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “COVID-19 has given a little setback but picking up on 2021, we will be on track for somewhere in 2024, and that’s very exciting. We are going to be good for 2024,” Mr. Bartlett […]

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Jamaica’s COVID-19 Deaths Climb To 186

Jamaica’s death toll from Covid-19 is now 186, with four additional persons dying in the last 24 hours. They are a 75-year-old man of a Trelawny address; a 62-year-old woman from St. Mary, a 90-year man from the Corporate Area, and a 38-year-old man, also from the Corporate Area. One death is under investigation. The Covid-19 case count has also […]

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Changes In CPR Due to COVID-19

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is advising members of the public, particularly those trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to observe the changes in guidelines when administering the procedure in the coronavirus (COVID-19) era. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank recently to mark CPR Week, Director of Emergency Cardiac Care at the HFJ, Dr. Hugh Mark Wong, explained that the […]

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Jamaica’s COVID-19 Continue Its Upward Climb

The Ministry of Health & Wellness, in its latest summary report, noted that an additional seven persons have died from the COVID-19 plague in Jamaica, taking the number of fatalities thus far to 146. Additionally, the report noted 95 new confirmed infections, which brings the total number of COVID-19 positive persons to 7,813. Among the latest confirmations, 48 are males […]

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Jamaica — COVID-19 Robs Government Coffers Of $43.8 Billion

According to Jamaica’s Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke, the COVID-19 pandemic has so far cost the government $43.8 billion. Speaking in the House of Representatives earlier in the week, Dr. Clarke said $36.8 billion was spent on COVID-19 related non-debt expenditure. “To date, COVID-19 related non-debt expenditure includes $2.6 billion in the Third Supplementary Estimates of 2019-20 that was advanced […]

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Virgin Atlantic Resumes Flights To Jamaica

After a hiatus from Jamaica due to its borders being closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) earlier this year, Virgin Atlantic has resumed flights to the island. Virgin Atlantic flight ‘VS 165’ from London, England, carried some 192 passengers and 10 crew members to the Sangster International Airport in St. James, on October 2. During a press […]

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Jamaica Places Stay-At-Home Order On The Elderly

According to a press report, Jamaica has placed a stay-at-home order for persons 70 years old and older. However, they are allowed to leave once per day for food, medicine, exercise, and other life necessities. This restriction forms part of the Government’s efforts to control the coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the most vulnerable from the virus. “Given the high vulnerability […]

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Jamaica Gets Field Hospital Valued At $105 Million

Jamaica’s capacity to monitor and treat patients with the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been boosted by the donation of a field hospital, valued at approximately $105 million by the United States (US) Government. The 70-bed facility, located on the grounds of the National Chest Hospital in St. Andrew, was officially handed over on Thursday (September 24) by US Ambassador to Jamaica, […]

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Public Health Expert — 17,000 Jamaicans Could Die From COVID-19

A public health expert is projecting that as many as 17,000 Jamaicans could die from COVID-19 if the spread continues its current trajectory. Dr. Alverston Bailey, Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Technology, says with the rapid spread of the virus, it’s time for a reality check for Jamaicans. He has noted the Health […]